Sarah Akunebu, lmft associate
Supervised by Patricia Koch, Ph.D., LMFT-S
Hello and welcome to my bio! I am elated to see that you are putting your health and well-being first and are looking into Therapy Austin as an option. I hope that I can be a part of that journey with you, no matter how small.
I understand how challenging therapeutic work can be - you are unpacking and exploring the interconnected intricacies of your life. I believe at the foundation of this work is having a warm and steady presence, there as a witness to this process. The delicate development of one’s healing experience needs space, patience, and care.
My practice is rooted in the Experiential models of therapy and I take a Systemic view of each client’s life. This means that with both individuals and couples, I believe that though they each have their present individual experiences, each experience holds a wealth of complex relationships to different factors: family, friends, partners/lovers, work, school, roles, power, new life transitions, lifestyle, culture, race/ethnicity, gender, spirituality, sexuality, food, etc. Many times when our relationship with any of these factors is hurting, it places strain on other qualities and people in our lives.
I also feel that needs and emotions are central to the healing process. We communicate these two items constantly through communication - we say so much even when not saying anything at all. In many contexts and personal relationships, our communication wires get crossed thus resulting in unmet needs and overlooked emotional experiences. Through the comfort and safety of vulnerability in the therapeutic relationship, I help clients decode the communication of what their needs are and the emotions locked within them in hopes of revealing rich inner experiences of which their partner or they themselves were not consciously aware. This newly decoded information leads to a multitude of paths toward solutions, repairment, resources, and practices for healing to begin.
When I am not working, I find I gravitate towards reading, getting plenty of physical exercise, listening to music, coloring/drawing, spending time with close friends, and watching anime. I strive to practice self-care ritualistically and like to challenge myself in the different ways I practice it. I find that with radically exciting ways of self-care and exploration unfold a new dimension of my spirit and my healing. I am an Austin native and love that I am able to discover new places and things to do around here. I graduated from UT with a major in Psychology. From there I assisted with research on sexual jealousy in couples and categorical inferencing in preschool aged children. I later attended and graduated from the Master of Arts in Counseling program at St. Edward’s University as I wanted to see out my decades-long passion of having a present role in another’s healing. As I continue on my life’s path, I hope to keep my place in that role while further appreciating the complexity of it.
If you liked what you read and are interested in working with me, then please reach out. Give me a call at 512/201-4501, ext. 144 or click here to fill out an appointment request. I look forward to speaking with you soon.